Currently the PR load is obviously too high for the committer team to deal with. From a maintainer perspective this is rather painful, I have currently stopped updating all my ports, because I want pending updates committed first and also want to avoid running into PR dependencies (ioquake3, openarena and iourbanterror are examples in my case).
Also it adds the burden of adjusting your patches every time the PORTREVISION is bumped, because of a library update, thus producing additional workload without benefit to anyone. To solve this problem with the current organization, my guess is that between 15 and 30 new active committers are required. Because I don't think this is easily achieved I want to suggest a different approach. And I expect many others also have their own ideas how this can be solved. Proposal: My idea is that experienced Maintainers get commit permission for their own ports. I don't even think such a thing needs to be enforced technically, after all who'd want to risk his experienced maintainer bit, however this is possible (and people would probably sleep better). Technical Approach: One, though not the only, technical approach is to switch to SVN and use path based access control. A pretty primitive shell script, probably less than 10 lines could generate the SVN path configuration, from just a list of users. It need not even be run on the server and wouldn't have to be run often. There also exist solutions that add similar features to CVS, but I do prefer SVN. Pros: - Less Maintainer-Update PRs - Maintainers can deal with third party patches directly instead of just providing feedback, so the actual ports committers would only have to close the PRs - Path based access control can be turned off during ports freezes Cons: - Higher server load - Additional user management - Testing guidlines in the Porters' Handbook need to be extended - Experienced Maintainers have to be defined Regards -- A: Because it fouls the order in which people normally read text. Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing? A: Top-posting. Q: What is the most annoying thing on usenet and in e-mail? _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-ports To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-ports-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"